MLB Star Curt Schilling Calls Out Disturbing Online Attacks on His Teenage Daughter​

Whether you're a huge baseball fan or hate sports, former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling is about to become one of your favorite people. The proud dad posted a congratulatory message on Twitter, letting the world know his teen daughter had been accepted to play for a college softball team. He was then horrified to read sick responses from guys who more or less said they were going to sexually assault the 17-year-old. Instead of ignoring them, Schilling is taking them on and making sure they pay for their actions.

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Here's the simple, not-at-all-asking-for-rude-commentary tweet that Schilling posted:

Schilling is no fool. He says he knew darn well guys were going to say things like, "I'll take care of her" and "Can't wait to date her!" and that he gave these young men a dose of their own medicine with a follow-up tweet about having friends in the special forces. In other words, you hurt my little girl, I'll have you hurt. Message taken.

Well, message mostly taken. Two jerks decided to tweet completely inappropriate and vulgar responses for the entire world to read. The first was from a user named "Hollywood" who reportedly wrote, "@gehrig38 how far is Salve Regina from Jersey? I wanna come and play but Gabby wants me to cum and stay."

Repulsive.

A guy who calls himself "The Sports Guru" decided to follow Hollywood's lead by tweeting about shoving his fist in Schilling's daughter. More tweets followed that reportedly used the words "rape" and "bloody underwear."

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We know sick people like these troll online and we usually choose to ignore them and hope they go away.

But Schilling, who wrote a blog post about his awful social media experience, says something that breaks our hearts and reminds us that we can't ignore these comments. He reveals: "My daughter comes to me beyond upset. She didn’t do anything, she never said anything, yet she’s now receiving personal messages with guys saying things to her, well let’s just say I can’t repeat and I’m getting beyond angry thinking about it."

Any parent watching their child go through the same ordeal would feel enraged.

So Schilling didn't let it go. He found out the identities of these two creeps and exposed them. "The Sports Guru" is reportedly Sean MacDonald, a Theta Xi fraternity member at Montclair University and a part-time ticket seller at Yankee Stadium. Needless to say, you mess with a baseball legend's family and you're going to get fired from your baseball job—and MacDonald did.

"Hollywood" Adam Nagel was a DJ and student at Brookdale Community College, which reportedly suspended him in the wake of this scandal.

Justice has been served for at least two jerks who post horrific things on social media under the guise that they're just joking, ha ha.

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I wish we could say that solved the problem, but Schilling admits there were other people who sent sexually threatening tweets and emails his way. It doesn't matter if he didn't catch them all (yet. Give him time). What matters is that parents and their kids start to feel like they have power over online bullying.

I don't think parents should have to refrain from making the most innocent of comments about our children. I don't want to live in a world in which we allow a few jerks to dictate how we act. But I do think it's important that we never let online comments like these just go. We can't turn the other cheek when it comes to threatening remarks about rape or the welfare of our children.

If enough parents take these jerks on and encourage their kids to feel empowered by being able to do the same, we help create a society in which this is simply unacceptable. I truly feel like fewer people will troll this way if they know there's a real risk they will be exposed. And that they face real-life consequences, like losing jobs or being immortalized online as that creepy guy who threatened to rape a teen girl.

What do you think about what Schilling did? Would you have called out these guys or ignored it?

 

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